Friday, December 8, 2006

Premiership Tips December 8 2006

Premiership Tips
The full quota of weekend Premiership fixtures is previewed as television fans can enjoy both the Manchester derby on Saturday and Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday writes David Walker.

Saturday 9 December

Manchester United vs Manchester City
With Chelsea not playing until Sunday, United have the opportunity to go nine poiints clear at the top of the table with a win against bitter rivals City. The problem is, United have not beaten City in the last two meetings at Old Trafford, with both matches ending in a draw. In fact, four of the last five meetings at the Theatre of Dreams have ended all square. However, United are on fire at the moment. Bar a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, they have won nine out of their last 10 Premiership fixtures and local rivals or not, Stuart Pearce’s side are one they should be able to beat.
Walker’s Word
1x2: United @ 4/11 (Tote Sport)
AH: United – 1 ½ @ 20/21 (Gamebookers)
OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 7/10 (VCBet)

Blackburn Rovers vs Newcastle United
Both sides lie in the lower reaches of the table with Newcastle still in the bottom three. With two draws and a win in their last three matches this is a fixture Newcastle will feel they can get something from. Blackburn are on a downward trend, with just one win and five defeats in their last eight and will also want to stop the rot. Three of the last five meetings behind the pair at Ewood Park has finished all square, so another draw should not be ruled out.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Draw @ 9/4 (Betfred)
AH: Newcastle + ¼ @ 21/20 (Betinternet)
OU: Ovwer 2.5 goals @ 5/4 (Paddy Power)

Liverpool vs Fulham
Liverpool are charging up the table despite not finding their best form. They could earn another three points against traditional away strugglers Fulham who have not won away since beating Newcastle at St James’ Park in September. The Reds enjoy playing Chris Coleman’s side and have won three out of the last five meetings at Anfield.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Liverpool @ 4/11 (Tote Sport)
AH: Liverpool – 1 ½ @ 21/20 (VCBet)
OU: Over 2.5 goals @ evens (Paddy Power)

Middlesbrough vs Wigan Athletic
Middlesbrough are hovering precariously above the relegation zone and could find themselves closer to the drop zone following the visit of Wigan. Boro have won just four matches all season, all at home, but have also suffered three defeats on their own turf. Wigan went on a four match winning streak but have since lost their last two matches in a row. The Latics won 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium last season with goals from departed trio Jason Roberts, David Thompson and Neil Mellor and are priced attractively by the bookmakers to win in the North East again.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Wigan @ 5/2 (Portlandbet)
AH: Wigan + ¼ @ 11/10 (Betinternet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6 (VCBet)

Portsmouth vs Everton
Portsmouth are still riding high near the summit of the Premiership but have suffered a dip in form recently, with just one win in their last six. Everton could eclipse them with a win at Fratton Park, a result they have achieved in the last three seasons. The Toffees have won by a single goal on the last three occasions: wwo 1-0 victories and a 2-1 win on Pompey’s arrival in the Premiership. Like Wigan, the bookmakers have given tasty odds on an away win.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Everton @ 11/5 (Gamebookers)
AH: Everton @ 20/21 (Betinternet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/15 (VCBet)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Charlton Athletic
Charlton’s midweek win against Blackburn lifted them off the foot of the table and they will feel confident of getting a result at Tottenham. Spurs may be stuck in mid table, but they have won their last five Premiership fixtures at White Hart Lane. However, Charlton have been something or a thorn in the side for Spurs in their seven seasons in the top flight, managing three wins and three draws.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Draw @ 14/5 (Portlandbet)
AH: Charlton + ½ @ 6/4 (Gamebookers)
OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 10/11 (Paddy Power)

Watford vs Reading
Reading are defying gravity and enjoying a top six position while Watford are now rock bottom of the table. Despite propping up the rest, the Hornets are no pushovers and have drawn seven of their 15 matches so far this season. Their problem is a lack of cutting edge, evident with just one league win all season and four goalless draws. Last season’s meeting between the pair also ended goalless, so expect more of the same again despite the free scoring antics of Reading’s Kevin Doyle.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Draw @ 9/4 (VCBet)
AH: Reading level ball @ evens (Betinternet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 3/5 (VCBet)

Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United
Bolton could push West Ham closer to the relegation zone with a win at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening. Despite losing five of their last seven in the league, the Trotters are still ninth and face a Hammers team without an away win all season. Alan Pardew’s side have lost seven out of eight on the road this term and Bolton have won the least three league meetings.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Bolton @ 5/6 (Tote Sport)
AH: Bolton – ½ @ 10/11 (VCBet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 3/5 (VCBet)

Sunday 10 December

Chelsea vs Arsenal
The plum fixture this weekend, but in form Chelsea won’t have it all their own way against inconsistent Arsenal. Faced with the possibility of being nine points behind Manchester United going into this fixture, Chelsea will be under more pressure than usual. Jose Mourinho’s side won this fixture last season, but the previous nine meeting at Stamford Bridge have seen five draws and four wins in Arsenal’s favour. The Gunners won their first league match in four attempts against North London rivals Tottenham last weekend and will be confident when they face the second place Blues.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Draw @ 12/5 (Portlandbet)
AH: Arsenal @ 21/20 (Betinternet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/7 (VCBet)

Monday 11 December

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
Following back to back wins against fellow strugglers Watford and Charlton in recent weeks, Sheffield United are out of the bottom three but could be brought back down to earth by visiting Aston Villa. This season Martin O’Neill’s side have been stubborn on the road, drawing six out of eight so far this season. Despite having numerous strikers in the first team squad, the Blades are notoriously shot shy and could be hit with a sucker punch on Monday evening.
Walker’s Word
1x2: Villa @ 8/5 (Portlandbet)
AH: Villa level ball @ 7/8 (Betinternet)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/15 (VCBet)


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